Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Ensemble ABFJ

This​ ​varied​ ​program​ ​performed​ ​by​ ​musicians​ ​from​ ​the​ ​US,​ ​Israel,​ ​and​ ​Canada​ ​will​ ​include​ ​the imaginative​ ​Three​ ​Madrigals​ ​for​ ​Violin​ ​and​ ​Viola​ ​by​ ​Bohuslav​ ​Martinů,​ ​the​ ​impressionistic Sonata​ ​for​ ​Cello​ ​and​ ​Piano​ ​in​ ​D​ ​minor​ ​by​ ​Claude​ ​Debussy,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​incredible​ ​Piano​ ​Quartet​ ​No. 2​ ​in​ ​A​ ​major,​ ​Op.​ ​26.​ ​by​ ​Johannes​ ​Brahms.

Sunday December 17, 2017 at 5pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

FREE admission - donations gratefully accepted. Reservations recommended. Please call (510) 547-8188 or email music@piedmontpiano.com


Futaba​ ​Niekawa,​ ​piano
Japanese​ ​pianist,​ ​Futaba​ ​Niekawa​ ​is​ ​a​ ​versatile​ ​soloist,​ ​collaborator,​ ​improviser,​ ​and harpsichordist.​ ​Passionate​ ​about​ ​chamber​ ​music,​ ​she​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​United States,​ ​Canada,​ ​England,​ ​Taiwan,​ ​and​ ​Japan.​ ​Ms.​ ​Niekawa’s​ ​broad​ ​interests​ ​in​ ​collaboration across​ ​disciplines​ ​and​ ​music​ ​of​ ​her​ ​generation​ ​have​ ​led​ ​to​ ​artistic​ ​partnerships​ ​with​ ​composers, dancers,​ ​poets,​ ​and​ ​visual​ ​artists.​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​these​ ​creative​ ​performances​ ​have​ ​been​ ​recorded​ ​live for​ ​radio​ ​broadcast​ ​and​ ​in-studio​ ​including​ ​duo526’s​ ​“Ballade”​ ​from​ ​PARMA​ ​Recordings,​ ​and​ ​the world​ ​premiere​ ​recording​ ​of​ ​Twenty-Five​ ​Preludes​ ​by​ ​pianist/composer​ ​Hwaen​ ​Ch'uqi. Innovative​ ​projects​ ​with​ ​duo526​ ​have​ ​led​ ​to​ ​residencies​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Banff​ ​Centre,​ ​Avaloch​ ​Farm Music​ ​Institute,​ ​Brandon​ ​University,​ ​Boston,​ ​and​ ​Norfolk,​ ​VA.

Equally​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​her​ ​academic​ ​pursuits,​ ​Ms.​ ​Niekawa​ ​earned​ ​her​ ​Doctorate​ ​of​ ​Musical​ ​Arts degree​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Eastman​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​in​ ​2013.​ ​Professionally,​ ​she​ ​has​ ​been​ ​engaged​ ​as​ ​a collaborative​ ​pianist​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Banff​ ​Centre,​ ​New​ ​England​ ​Conservatory,​ ​Boston​ ​Ballet​ ​School, Meadowmount​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music,​ ​and​ ​Atlantic​ ​Music​ ​Festival.​ ​Dedicated​ ​to​ ​teaching​ ​and coaching,​ ​she​ ​shares​ ​her​ ​passion​ ​through​ ​masterclasses​ ​and​ ​workshops.​ ​Ms.​ ​Niekawa​ ​is currently​ ​a​ ​Lecturer​ ​of​ ​Chamber​ ​Music​ ​and​ ​Collaborative​ ​Piano​ ​at​ ​Indiana​ ​University’s​ ​Jacobs School​ ​of​ ​Music.​ ​​ ​​futabaniekawa.com


Alicia​ ​Choi,​ ​violin
Since​ ​playing​ ​her​ ​first​ ​string​ ​quartet​ ​(Mendelssohn​ ​op.​ ​13)​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Juilliard​ ​School​ ​Pre-College division,​ ​violinist​ ​Alicia​ ​Choi​ ​has​ ​been​ ​an​ ​avidly​ ​passionate​ ​chamber​ ​musician.​ ​As​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of the​ ​Larchmere​ ​String​ ​Quartet​ ​during​ ​its​ ​final​ ​four​ ​years,​ ​she​ ​has​ ​won​ ​the​ ​2016​ ​Evansville Mayor’s​ ​Arts​ ​Ensemble​ ​Award​ ​and​ ​released​ ​the​ ​first​ ​commercial​ ​recording​ ​of​ ​the​ ​complete string​ ​quartet​ ​chamber​ ​works​ ​of​ ​Stephan​ ​Krehl​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Naxos​ ​label. Alicia​ ​also​ ​loves​ ​to​ ​share​ ​her​ ​excitement​ ​for​ ​music​ ​through​ ​teaching.​ ​As​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Quartet’s residency,​ ​she​ ​was​ ​the​ ​associate​ ​concertmaster​ ​and​ ​artist-in-residence​ ​faculty​ ​with​ ​the Evansville​ ​Philharmonic​ ​Orchestra​ ​and​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Evansville.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​also​ ​served​ ​as​ ​an Artistic​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​the​ ​inaugural​ ​Harlaxton​ ​Chamber​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​faculty​ ​member​ ​at the​ ​UNC​ ​Chapel​ ​Hill​ ​Chapel​ ​Hill​ ​Chamber​ ​Music​ ​Workshop​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​three​ ​years.

Alicia​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Arts​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​both​ ​Chinese​ ​and​ ​Music​ ​from​ ​Williams​ ​College,​ ​and​ ​a Master​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​degree​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Juilliard​ ​School.​ ​Currently,​ ​she​ ​is​ ​pursuing​ ​a​ ​Doctor​ ​of​ ​Music degree​ ​and​ ​teaching​ ​as​ ​an​ ​instructor​ ​of​ ​chamber​ ​music​ ​at​ ​the​ ​McGill​ ​University​ ​Schulich​ ​School of​ ​Music.​ ​Her​ ​upcoming​ ​chamber​ ​performances​ ​include​ ​concerts​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Salle​ ​Bourgie​ ​in​ ​the Musée​ ​des​ ​Beaux-Arts​ ​de​ ​Montréal​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Dame​ ​Myra​ ​Hess​ ​Memorial​ ​Concert​ ​series. aliciachoi.com


Yoni​ ​Gertner,​ ​viola
When​ ​asked​ ​as​ ​a​ ​young​ ​boy​ ​if​ ​he​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​play​ ​the​ ​violin​ ​or​ ​the​ ​cello,​ ​young​ ​Yoni​ ​Gertner picked​ ​the​ ​cello​ ​because​ ​“cellists​ ​get​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​when​ ​they​ ​play”.​ ​However,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​easily​ ​talked​ ​into playing​ ​the​ ​violin...​ ​Eighteen​ ​years​ ​later,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​a​ ​similar​ ​dilemma​ ​and​ ​this​ ​time​ ​–​ ​he chose​ ​the​ ​viola,​ ​a​ ​faithful​ ​partner​ ​in​ ​crime​ ​ever​ ​since.

Born​ ​in​ ​Israel​ ​in​ ​1984,​ ​Gertner​ ​studied​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Kfar​ ​Saba​ ​Conservatory,​ ​the​ ​Jerusalem​ ​Academy of​ ​Music​ ​and​ ​Dance​ ​and​ ​at​ ​Indiana​ ​University’s​ ​Jacobs​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music.​ ​Much​ ​credit​ ​for​ ​the indispensable​ ​gifts​ ​of​ ​inspiration,​ ​technique​ ​and​ ​love​ ​of​ ​music​ ​goes​ ​to​ ​his​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​mentors through​ ​the​ ​years:​ ​Atar​ ​Arad,​ ​Hagai​ ​Shaham,​ ​Michael​ ​Gaisler,​ ​Paul​ ​Welt​ ​and​ ​Zachary​ ​Chanin. Growing​ ​up,​ ​Gertner​ ​was​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Jerusalem​ ​Music​ ​Center’s​ ​Young​ ​Musicians​ ​Program and​ ​served​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Israel​ ​Defense​ ​Force​ ​as​ ​an​ ​outstanding​ ​musician.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​a​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​the America-Israel​ ​Cultural​ ​Foundation​ ​scholarship​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Barbara​ ​and​ ​David​ ​Jacobs​ ​fellowship​ ​at the​ ​Jacobs​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​also​ ​held​ ​a​ ​position​ ​of​ ​Associate​ ​Instructor.​ ​Gertner​ ​won prizes​ ​in​ ​several​ ​competitions​ ​that​ ​took​ ​place​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Jerusalem​ ​Academy​ ​and​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Jacobs School​ ​of​ ​Music.

In​ ​2016​ ​Gertner​ ​joined​ ​the​ ​Israel​ ​Philharmonic​ ​Orchestra​ ​and​ ​is​ ​fortunate​ ​to​ ​perform​ ​across​ ​the globe​ ​with​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​leading​ ​conductors.​ ​Following​ ​some​ ​of​ ​his​ ​performances​ ​came several​ ​compliments​ ​from​ ​the​ ​legendary​ ​Zubin​ ​Mehta,​ ​who​ ​described​ ​Gertner​ ​as​ ​being​ ​“quite okay”​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​“rhythmically​ ​adequate”.

Chamber​ ​music​ ​being​ ​one​ ​of​ ​his​ ​greatest​ ​passions,​ ​Gertner​ ​collaborated​ ​with​ ​Joshua​ ​Bell,​ ​Atar Arad,​ ​Hagai​ ​Shaham,​ ​Rudolph​ ​Koelman,​ ​Mihaela​ ​Martin,​ ​Giora​ ​Feidman,​ ​Kirill​ ​Gerstein,​ ​the Rubens​ ​Quartet​ ​and​ ​many​ ​others.​ ​He​ ​took​ ​part​ ​in​ ​major​ ​music​ ​festivals​ ​in​ ​Europe​ ​and​ ​in​ ​Israel, collaborated​ ​with​ ​several​ ​ensembles​ ​specializing​ ​in​ ​new​ ​music​ ​and​ ​performed​ ​as​ ​soloist​ ​with the​ ​Jerusalem​ ​Symphony​ ​Orchestra.

When​ ​not​ ​performing​ ​on​ ​stage,​ ​Gertner​ ​is​ ​a​ ​podcast​ ​enthusiast,​ ​enjoys​ ​watching​ ​thought provoking​ ​YouTube​ ​videos​ ​and​ ​would​ ​rarely​ ​turn​ ​down​ ​an​ ​invitation​ ​to​ ​join​ ​a​ ​lively​ ​debate.​ ​He​ ​is a​ ​fan​ ​of​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Antonio​ ​Spurs​ ​and​ ​enjoys​ ​an​ ​occasional​ ​friendly​ ​game​ ​of​ ​poker.​ ​At​ ​parties​ ​and social​ ​gatherings,​ ​he​ ​would​ ​often​ ​be​ ​the​ ​one​ ​providing​ ​mildly​ ​accepted​ ​jokes​ ​and​ ​comic​ ​reliefs. yonigertner.com/


Brady​ ​Anderson,​ ​cello
Cellist​ ​Brady​ ​Anderson​ ​received​ ​his​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​in​ ​Cello​ ​Performance​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Indiana University​ ​Jacobs​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​after​ ​receiving​ ​his​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Arts​ ​in​ ​Music​ ​from​ ​the University​ ​of​ ​California​ ​at​ ​Berkeley.

Brady​ ​is​ ​an​ ​accomplished​ ​soloist,​ ​having​ ​performed​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​standard​ ​cello​ ​concerto repertoire​ ​with​ ​orchestra.​ ​He​ ​received​ ​top​ ​prizes​ ​in​ ​numerous​ ​competitions,​ ​including​ ​American String​ ​Teachers​ ​Association​ ​and​ ​Music​ ​Teachers​ ​National​ ​Association​ ​performance competitions.​ ​Brady​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​Eisner​ ​Prize​ ​for​ ​musical​ ​achievement​ ​at​ ​Berkeley​ ​and​ ​was​ ​a recipient​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Janos​ ​Starker​ ​Scholarship​ ​at​ ​Indiana.

Having​ ​performed​ ​chamber​ ​music​ ​extensively,​ ​Brady​ ​has​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​collaborate​ ​with both​ ​faculty​ ​and​​ colleagues​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​also​ ​the​ ​cellist​ ​and​ ​a​ ​founding​ ​member​ ​of the​ ​Alden​ ​Trio​ ​and​ ​was​ ​the​ ​interim​ ​cellist​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Thalea​ ​String​ ​Quartet.​ ​Brady​ ​studied​ ​chamber music​ ​under​ ​the​ ​guidance​ ​of​ ​Menahem​ ​Pressler,​ ​Jorja​ ​Fleezanis,​ ​Anne​ ​Epperson,​ ​Atar​ ​Arad, and​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Pacifica​ ​String​ ​Quartet,​ ​Miró​ ​Quartet,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Juilliard​ ​String​ ​Quartet. Brady’s​ ​former​ ​cello​ ​mentors​ ​include​ ​Peter​ ​Stumpf,​ ​Jonathan​ ​Koh,​ ​and​ ​Irene​ ​Sharp.

During​ ​his​ ​cello​ ​studies,​ ​Brady​ ​performed​ ​in​ ​master​ ​classes​ ​of​ ​Tamas​ ​Varga,​ ​Zuill​ ​Bailey,​ ​David Geber,​ ​Emilio​ ​Colon,​ ​Mark​ ​Votapek,​ ​Irene​ ​Sharp,​ ​Wendy​ ​Sharp,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Alexander​ ​String Quartet.​ ​Brady​ ​enjoys​ ​performing​ ​many​ ​genres​ ​of​ ​music​ ​and​ ​has​ ​recorded​ ​with​ ​dozens​ ​of groups,​ ​including​ ​Nataly​ ​Dawn,​ ​Cyprus​ ​Hill,​ ​Jennifer​ ​Hudson,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​can​ ​be​ ​heard​ ​on​ ​the Grammy-nominated​ ​La​ ​Orquesta​ ​Sinfonietta​ ​album​ ​Canto​ ​America. A​ ​dedicated​ ​cello​ ​teacher,​ ​Brady​ ​served​ ​as​ ​Jonathan​ ​Koh’s​ ​Teaching​ ​Assistant​ ​at​ ​UC​ ​Berkeley. He​ ​currently​ ​teaches​ ​nearly​ ​forty​ ​private​ ​students​ ​at​ ​his​ ​cello​ ​studio​ ​in​ ​Pleasanton,​ ​CA. bradyandersoncellist.com

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